Oman to participate in 2019 Paris Book Fair despite banning books at home

Oman will be a “special guest” at the 2019 Paris Book Fair (the Salon du Livre de Paris) scheduled to take place between 15-19 March 2019, despite banning books at the Muscat International Book Fair. The French Publishers Association and the organisers of the Paris Book Fair announced, in Paris, on 19 July 2018 that the Ministry of Information of …

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Oman: Cycle continues as another online activist detained, and two other activists released

According to reliable reports received by the Gulf Centre for Human Rights (GCHR) and the Omani Human Rights Association (OHRA), the Internal Security Service (ISS) in Oman detained online activist and blogger Hatem Al-Maliki last week. The ISS also released two online activists, Salem Al-Arimi and Uday Al-Omairi. On 10 December, International Human Rights Day, GCHR and OHRA call for …

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Oman: One Internet activist released and another activist detained, leaving many in detention

The Omani Association For Human Rights (OAHR) and the Gulf Centre for Human Rights (GCHR) have received reliable information about the release of Internet activist and writer Sultan Al-Maktoumi on 07 November 2018, and the arrest of Internet activist Uday Al-Omairi on the very same day. It is noteworthy that the Internal Security Service (ISS) has launched an ongoing campaign …

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Oman classified as “semi-corrupt” by Transparency International

Transparency International has released its 2017 annual report on February 21, 2018. under the title: “Corruption Perceptions Index 2017 shows high corruption burden in more than two-thirds of countries. Analysis of results from Transparency International finds crackdowns on NGOs and media are associated with higher levels of corruption.”  Also the organization said in a statement: “An index released today by …

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ِAn FGM study in Oman shows high prevalence of all over the Country

According to a study from Oman, female genital mutilation constitutes a widespread phenomenon in Oman in all age groups, and among women from all regional and educational backgrounds. Out of 100 women questioned 78 stated to be “circumcised” (they were asekd if had undergone “khatana al banat”). The human rights activist and statistician Habiba Al Hinai conducted the study “Female …

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